B-Mets report: Perez brings home honors

Miguel Perez, who has won each of his last three starts for the Binghamton Mets, was named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 30.

Perez, a 30-year-old right-hander, pitched six shutout innings in Binghamton's 4-0 victory over Harrisburg on Sunday, scattering four hits while striking out six as the streaking B-Mets notched their 11th straight win.

The start followed an exceptional eight-inning performance on July 25 against New Hampshire, when Perez allowed one run and struck out seven in Binghamton's 6-1 victory over the Fisher Cats.

Perez is 6-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts for Binghamton this season and has won his last five decisions dating back to June 22. In 84 innings, Perez has allowed 77 hits and 39 runs (35 earned), walking 31 and striking out 58.

He signed with the Mets as a free agent in November 2004, following stints in independent leagues with St. Paul and Allentown.

2006 marks Perez's first professional season in the United States after he was loaned to Saltillo of the Mexican League last year, where he went 5-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 29 games (five starts).

State of the B-Mets: Winners of 11 straight entering Tuesday's play, Binghamton has made a late push to re-enter the Eastern League's pennant race.

With a record of 57-49 (.538), Binghamton is now just ½ game behind Portland and Trenton (58-49) for first place in the Northern Division.

Binghamton leaderboard, offense: Michel Abreu's .344 (106-308) average is the best among any Mets minor leaguer … Jorge Padilla is batting .301, seventh in the system … Ambiorix Concepcion is 10th with a .294 mark … Jay Caligiuri's 15 home runs lead the organization. Abreu is third with 12 long balls … Abreu and Concepcion have each driven in 51 runs, tied for fourth in the system … Concepcion and Carlos Gomez each have 25 stolen bases to tie for the farm system lead … As a team, Binghamton is batting .250, second only to St. Lucie (.259) among Mets farm teams. The B-Mets have hit more home runs (77) and struck out more (895) than any other Mets club.

Binghamton leaderboard, pitching: Michael Devaney's 1.89 ERA is the best in the system … Devaney's 11 victories tie him with Hagerstown's Jonathon Niese for tops in the organization ... Henry Owens has 16 saves, second only to St. Lucie's Carlos Muniz (24) … Devaney has 115 strikeouts, second to Niese's 118 … The B-Mets' 3.42 staff ERA is third best in the system, trailing Brooklyn (3.10) and St. Lucie (3.30). Binghamton has four complete games and 11 shutouts to lead the organization.

ON THE RISE

Chase Lambin, a 27-year-old utilityman who batted .331 last season at Double-A, has returned to the B-Mets with a flourish.

Demoted from Triple-A Norfolk after the Mets signed veteran Edgardo Alfonzo, Lambin has batted .313 in his first 10 games back with Binghamton, stroking five doubles and two home runs.

Also of note, certainly, was the scorching July put together by outfielder Carlos Gomez, who clearly has embraced the opportunity to swing harder when lower in the lineup.

Gomez finished July batting .406 (41-101) with nine doubles, four triples, two homers, 12 RBI and seven stolen bases, and also had an 18-game hitting streak.

TOUGH TIMES

The year has been something of a grind for Andy Wilson, who blasted 28 home runs last season at Class-A St. Lucie and began his conversion to a full-time catcher this year.

Playing time has been scarcer than expected for Wilson, 25, who batted just .194 (7-for-36) in 10 July games for Binghamton.

Battling big league veteran Mike DiFelice for playing time, Wilson has batted just .221 through 82 games for Binghamton with five home runs and 24 RBI. He has also seen time at first base, third base and designated hitter.


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